WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) - The campaign for Congressman Mike McIntyre indicated Friday that the Congressman will run for re-election instead of Governor in North Carolina.
McIntyre initially expressed interest in considering a run for the state's top job when Governor Bev Perdue announced she would not seek another term in office.
"My heart is in public service, and I love North Carolina. I am honored to have had my name considered for Governor, but there is simply not enough time between now and May 8th to construct the type of campaign that I would have liked to establish. I appreciate the many kind words and encouragement I have received. My plan is to run for re-election to Congress" Congressman Mike McIntyre said in a statement.
A poll from Public Policy Polling this week showed that McIntyre would have had an uphill battle against other Democrats this year. McIntyre polled at 6% compared to 21% for former Congressman Bob Etheridge.
McIntyre, who was first elected to Congress in 1996, told WECT's Frances Weller in a live interview on WECT News at 5 the poll had no bearing on his decision.
"No it did not," Congressman Mike McIntyre said. "My focus has always been on southeast North Carolina."
McIntyre noted that in his first run for Congress he spent a year and a half traveling through the 7th District to build relationships.
"To do that, it would have taken extensive time and travel," McIntyre said. "We had to make the decision based on what was practical."
Wilmington's Ilario Pantano (R) is also running for Congress.
Upon McIntyre's announcement Friday, Pantano's campaign manager Andy Yates said the following in a statement:
"Congressman McIntyre's decision not to run for governor changes very little for the Pantano Campaign. We're focused on building our campaign, getting Ilario's conservative message out to the voters and winning May's GOP Primary. IIario is gaining momentum and picking up support every day. We're confident that we'll be successful in May, and we'll confident that we'll prevail in November once the voters in the new 7th District have a change to compare Ilario's strong Conservative record with Congressman McIntyre's history of talking like a Conservative in North Carolina and voting like Pelosi in Washington."
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